8 December, 2021

LitStaff Pick: Film Adaptations We Love and Those We Hate

Best movie Adaptation – Shawshank RedemptionThe-Shawshank-Redemption1

The best aspect of this adaptation is the use of narration by Morgan Freeman. We all know he has one of the best narration voices around and by telling the story of Andy Dufresne from his eyes, lends a certain gravitas to the film, as if we are apart of his fond memories of his time in prison. The movie is actually based on a novella by Stephen King titled, “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption”. The novella is a compelling story in its own right, but the movie actually expanded some themes of the story, which ultimately enriched the movie. The changes screenplay writer Frank Darabont made to the story fit and fleshed out some of the characters, as well as allow the viewers to truly care about the friendship between “Red” and Andy.

Worst movie adaptation – Eragon

I don’t even know where to begin with this one, how all sorts of wrong the movie was. I read the novel based on a recommendation from one of my students, and while it wasn’t written very well, it was an entertaining read, and kept me turning pages. The movie, however, I almost fell asleep. It lacked the tension of the novel because the movie essentially was a summary of the novel. Half of the events were missing, characters that should have been in the movie weren’t, and the actors cast didn’t even resemble their novel counterparts. I believe the film was rushed together trying to capture the momentum from the popularity of the book, but by doing so, the filmmakers ruined what could have been another fantasy franchise.

-K. Imani Tennyson

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